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January 19, 2017

In Break With Trump, EPA Pick Says Climate Change Isn’t Hoax

By Michael Biesecker, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-01-19 06:47:06

In response to questions from Democrats during his Senate confirmation hearing, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt said he disagreed with Trump’s earlier claims that global warming is a hoax created by the Chinese to harm the economic competitiveness of the United States. “I do not believe climate change is a hoax,” Pruitt said. [ read more … ]

Trump EPA Pick Expresses Doubts on Climate, Defends Oil Industry Funding

By Valerie Volcovic, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-01-19 06:47:42

President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency expressed doubt about the science behind global climate change during a contentious Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday, but added he would be obliged for now to uphold the EPA’s finding carbon dioxide poses a public danger. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, 48, sued the agency he intends to run more than a dozen times on behalf of his state. This earned him strong support from petroleum companies and convinced both his opponents and supporters that he would aggressively carry out Trump’s campaign vows to slash EPA regulation to boost drilling and mining. [ read more … ]

Scott Pruitt, Testifying to Lead E.P.A., Criticizes Environmental Rules

By CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-01-19 06:48:04

Mr. Pruitt said that he would not revisit a landmark 2009 E.P.A. finding that carbon dioxide emissions endanger human life by warming the planet. That finding created the legal requirement that the E.P.A. regulate those climate-warming emissions. “It is there, and it needs to be enforced and respected,” Mr. Pruitt said. “There is nothing that I know that would cause it to be reviewed.”
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China quietly gears up for possibility of trade war with United States

By Simon Denyer, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2017-01-19 06:48:29

Publicly, China’s Ministry of Commerce has responded calmly to Trump’s repeated criticism of the two countries’ relationship, with its spokesman Shen Danyang insisting last month that the transfer of power in Washington won’t change ties, which he described as “interwoven,” “interdependent” and “mutually beneficial.” But behind the scenes, the ministry is not standing still. [ read more … ]

Wyoming Considers De Facto Prohibition On Solar And Wind Energy

By William Pentland, Forbes  •    •  Posted 2017-01-19 06:48:53

Wyoming’s legislature is considering a bill that would effectively outlaw renewable energy in the state. The so-called “Electricity Production Standard” proposes to penalize utilities in Wyoming for generating electricity from solar and wind energy. The bill would allow electric power to be generated using one of six pre-approved sources, including oil, natural gas, nuclear, hydropower and coal, to be used by Wyoming utility companies for electricity generation. Neither solar nor wind energy are included on the list of allowed fuel sources. [ read more … ]

Shell bolsters offshore wind interests with bid in U.S. tender

By Karolin Schaps, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-01-19 06:49:10

Royal Dutch Shell has been shortlisted by the U.S. government to make a bid for an offshore wind project license in the waters off North Carolina, as it comes under pressure from shareholders to diversify into green energy. Shell, as well as Norway’s Statoil, qualified to participate in the upcoming leasing round offshore Kitty Hawk, the U.S. interior ministry said on Tuesday. The lease award is set for March 16. [ read more … ]

Rick Perry praised for role in making Texas a leader in clean energy

By Ben Wolfgang, Washington Times  •    •  Posted 2017-01-19 06:46:35

Mr. Perry, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to lead the U.S. Energy Department, oversaw a massive expansion of clean power in Texas during his 15 years as governor. Since his nomination, advocates of renewable power have praised Mr. Perry for his role in making Texas a leader in clean energy, and they think he could help spur similar growth at a national level. [ read more … ]

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